Monday, February 15, 2010


I introduced you to the eclectic sounds of Ozomatli last week. Now it's time to breakdown the Ozo-sound and check out their debut album.

Ozomatli released their self-titled debut in 1998. More than 10 years later, the album is still satisfying fans around the globe. It opens with the live party-starting jam "Como Ves" and the excitement never drops.

"Eva" blends DJ scratching with flamenco guitar so well, you'd swear they were meant for each other. If you're not on your feet after these two tracks, the horn-driven, fast-paced "Chango" will have you shaking your pompita with no shame at all.

The album does actually have a calm moment. "Super Bowl Sundae" is as laid back as they come. Chali 2na rhymes over a sitar-led performance that provides the perfect theme song for any lazy weekend.

Finally, the one track that everyone can enjoy is "La Misma Cancion." This ranchero-inspired song satirizes those people who drown their sorrows in saloons while slamming tequila. Most ranchero songs all sound the same, and you can be sure that this one is no exception.

Next week we're fast forwarding to 2007,

-DJ Gringuito

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